Cheesy Quinoa Cakes + Guacamole + Goat Cheese

by Megan on December 5, 2011

Sometimes I get worried.

The other day I dropped a grape and it rolled under the fridge. It’s in Narnia for all I know. I’m a little worried about it. I just can’t find it.

I’m a little worried about Christmas cookies. Should I have started making them already? Should I have dozens in my freezer?!

But I’m not worried about these cakes. They are super-fun little individual cheesy patties. And let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong where goat cheese and guacamole are concerned. Quinoa is super-healthy, so you can eat these and be worry-free. Whew!

Come over! I’ll make them and we can toast the first bites.

Cheesy Quinoa Cakes + Guacamole + Goat Cheese {makes 9-ish}
Quinoa cake recipe adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon


quinoa cakes –

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • heaping 2/3 cup Monterey jack cheese
  • 3 T all purpose flour
  • 2 fresh chives, thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 t black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 – 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
guacamole –
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • juice from half of a lime, or to taste
  • 2 T sour cream, optional
garnish –
  • 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • more chives for sprinkling
  1. Make the cakes. Stir together quinoa, Monterey jack, flour, chives, eggs, black pepper, and salt. Add 1/2 cup of the panko crumbs crushing them as you drop them in. Mix in up to 1/2 cup more crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  3. Form 1/4 cup patties with the quinoa mixture and place in the heated saute pan. Cook on each side for 5 minutes. Repeat until all of the cakes have been cooked.
  4. Make the guacamole by mashing the avocados roughly with a fork. Stir in the garlic, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Taste and add more salt or lime juice to taste. Mix in sour cream, if using.
  5. Serve the quinoa cakes with guacamole, crumbled goat cheese, and chives.
Three (of these) is not a crowd. They are the perfect ladylike lunch.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

mum December 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

These are looking good…and I would like some!


Megan (megabite) December 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

Thanks! I bet you’d like them for real.


cindy December 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

I worry when things roll under the fridge too…I’m afraid they’ll grown into a moldy-monster! but, I bet that grape will just dry up into a raisin.

these cakes look so tasty and all things are good with cheese!


Megan (megabite) December 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

I know! I don’t want that moldy grape monster to grab my ankle one of these days!

And yeah man. Cheese is where it’s at.


Rebecca December 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love goat cheese…and guacamole…and I really want to like quinoa but the texture is so weird! Maybe these will change my mind.


Megan (megabite) December 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I hear ya. These are still quinoa textured, but the crispy edges and cheese could maybe win you over! Or just eat a bunch of goat cheese and guacamole?


Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen December 6, 2011 at 12:04 am

I worry a lot too! I will make sure I get that grape… If it really disappeared, I’ll report for possibility of Narnia and worry about that. Really! I could so understand what you’re feeling! A worry-free cake like this one is always welcomed!


Megan (megabite) December 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

Ha! We worry alike! <3


NicoleD December 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Oooo…ladylike lunch! I bet these would be great little holiday appetizers, too. Don’t worry about the grape monster. If you can’t get to him, he can’t get to you 🙂


Megan (megabite) December 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Oh these would be an awesome appetizer! Good thinkin’.


Jill September 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Tried these out. Maybe I did something wrong, but they were a tad greasy. I’m thinking next time I’ll “fake fry” them in the oven.


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